Former senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah), who lost his bid for a fourth term last May when he was ousted at the state Republican Party convention, said during a Capitol Hill visit last week that he believes the voter anger of 2010 that swept out longtime incumbents such as himself will have subsided by next year – and that may make the road ahead easier for another Utah Republican up for reelection in 2012, Sen. Orrin Hatch.
“I think the ‘we hate incumbents’ may well subside, and that Orrin won’t face the desire to get rid of everyone,” Bennett said in a brief interview late last week after an event on the House side of the Capitol. “The talk show hosts that are screaming, ‘Get rid of all incumbents,’ reached their peak in 2010. And they did get rid of them, a whole bunch of incumbents. Now, that seems to be subsiding. Some of those talk show hosts are losing their shows or dropping their columns and so on. So it could be a different atmosphere.”